Maternal depressive symptoms and infant temperament in the first year of life predict child behavior at 36 months of age

Rigato, Silvia and Charalambous, Sophia and Stets, Manuela and Holmboe, Karla (2022) Maternal depressive symptoms and infant temperament in the first year of life predict child behavior at 36 months of age. Infant Behavior and Development, 67. p. 101717. ISSN 0163-6383

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.infbeh.2022.101717

Abstract

In a longitudinal study, mothers (N = 50) self-reported on their depressive symptoms (DS) and their child’s behavior during the first year and at 36 months postpartum. Maternal DS during infancy were associated with child conduct problems (CP), suggesting a long-term association between maternal mental health and the development of child behavior. Infant temperament was also associated with child behavior so that negative affect predicted child CP, while infant surgency was associated with later hyperactivity-inattention. This study contributes to the literature by jointly assessing the role of maternal DS and infant temperament and showing that these are independent predictors of childhood behavior.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Infant temperament, Negative affect, Child conduct problems, Maternal depression, Longitudinal
Faculty: Faculty of Science & Engineering
Depositing User: Lisa Blanshard
Date Deposited: 09 May 2022 16:25
Last Modified: 31 May 2022 16:18
URI: https://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/707568

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